The word ‘arangetram’ means ‘ascending the stage.’ Now that you know what Bharatanatyam is (if you don’t I recommend looking at the post below on Bharatnatyam) I’ll discuss what an arangetram is. After about 8 years of training, the dancer goes through an additional year of training which is all about polishing, stamina building and dancing at a higher level. At the end, the dancer performs an ‘arangetram’ which is the dancer’s first solo performance. This showcases seven or eight items and marks the beginning of a dancer’s journey.
All this really means is that you become a real dancer and all your work over years pays off!
The reason I want to get to this stage is that I want to be able to go further with dance later on in life, and one of the best ways to be able to do that is to have all the skills of a real dancer.
Now that you know a little more, this whole ordeal should make a lot more sense.
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